After Sappho

Christina Hutchins

Prehension is how an occasion in its immediacy of being

absorbs another occasion which has passed.

—Alfred North Whitehead      


Sweetest hours of a sweet life

quite literally we became one another


not the old couple finishing each other’s sentence

but beginning here adrape


            prehending in such proximity!

My skin the immediate past of your skin


there are so many places I can never go:    your

pain     dreams     or from them into your days


Incalculable the loss     the one poem ever

requiring the past be passed


How long ago did this heat I field

depart your animal furnace?




 


 

 

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